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Dr. Rachel Barrie
*Master Blender

Benriach Distillery Co. (Brown Forman)


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The BenRiach Distillery, located near Elgin, Scotland, has a history that underwent a significant revival in 2004 when a team led by Billy Walker, the former operations director at Burn Stewart Distillers, joined forces with business partners Geoff Bell and Wayne Keiswetter from South Africa. Together, they acquired the mothballed Benriach distillery from Chivas Brothers. The distillery, which originally dates back to 1897 during the late Victorian whisky 'boom,' was another victim of the Pattison Crash and was forced to close in 1900. From that time until the 1960's it operated as a floor malt facility.

Following its resurrection in 2005, the BenRiach Distillery Co expanded its portfolio by acquiring GlenDronach distillery, situated near Huntly, from Chivas Brothers in 2008 and the Glenglassaugh distillery in 2013. GlenDronach, established in 1826, is known for its sherry cask-influenced whisky, offering a contrasting style to the classic Speyside Benriach. In 2016, the BenRiach Distillery Company, along with Glenglassaugh and Glendronach, was acquired by Brown-Forman, the renowned producer of Jack Daniel's, for a total of £281 million. This acquisition marked a significant milestone in the distillery's journey, solidifying its place in the whisky industry.

-Written (Mostly) by Robots-

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